Dr. James Kent, DPM, MS

Lourdes Des Moines University


            Rankin Independent School District  Texas A&M      UT Health Science Center



Dr. James Kent, DPM, MS

Podiatrist in Tyler, TX

East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers

Dr. James Edward Kent is a Native-Texan, born in Amarillo and raised in Texas. He is the son of a former school superintendent and decided early on to commit his life to medicine. He graduated from Rankin High School in 1996 and was very active in both academics and sports. He is newly married to Geneva Kent, a Maternity Nurse at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. After graduating with honors from Rankin, he began college by attending Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated in 2001. During his time at A&M, he was a very active in church, student government, and intramural sports. After graduating from A&M, he attended The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to work on a Masters degree in Biomedical Science. There at the UT Health Science Center he enrolled in the same courses with the medical students and worked in a colon cancer research lab. At the time of his enrollment, The UT Health Science Center’s Anatomy Department was ranked 4th overall for medical schools in the United States under Harvard medical school, University of California at San Francisco medical school, and Johns Hopkins medical school. While at the health science center, he became interested in podiatric medicine. During his last year at UT, he met a nationally known orthopedic surgeon who told him about podiatric medicine. By the end of the 2003 spring semester he finished his thesis and graduated with a master’s degree. During this time he was accepted at Des Moines University Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa. After his graduation in 2007, James was accepted to Lourdes Hospital, New York for a three year residency program and graduated in June, 2010. James enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and golf. His hobbies include woodworking, weight lifting, and construction work. He is an active member of the Shiloh Road Church of Christ in Tyler.

Magen Starks - Office Manager/Billing Manager

Magen joined our team in October 2011.  She is the director in charge of all daily operations for our facility and is also in charge of our Billing department.  Magen is certified in Podiatric Radiology as well as Medical Billing and Coding.  Not only is Magen our office manager, but she is also a helping hand where the team needs it most at any given moment.  You may find her replacing a bandage, taking out sutures, or even shooting your x-ray. Magen is a 2006 graduate of Winona High School.  She is married and the proud parent of a 13 year-old boy; she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves the outdoors.  Magen is here to help you, our patient, in any way possible.

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Geneva B. Kent - MSN, RNC-MNN

Geneva B. Kent, MSN,RNC-MNNGeneva Kent is happy to join East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers part time.  Geneva is a graduate of Covenant School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas.  She began her career as a nurse at Covenant Medical Center working in the High Risk Antepartum unit.  She continued her education at Lubbock Christian University earning her Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing and Master Degree of Science with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership and Education in 2007.  Geneva has been employed by Texas Health Resources since 2002 and is currently working at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital as a certified Maternal Newborn Nurse maintaining a Nursing Career Advancement Program (NCAP) Level IV. Geneva joined East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers after she married Dr. Kent on June 14, 2014.  Although podiatry is a new adventure, she is excited to learn this new area of expertise, and has obtained her certification as a Podiatric Radiology Technician.

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Debi Rediger - Marketing Director/Medical Assistant  

 Debi joined our team in February of 2018. Debi organizes and executes all of the marketing for East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. You will also see Debi assisting by checking patients in and out, taking xrays, and assisting Dr. Kent with whatever he needs. Debi is a 2013 graduate of Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is happily married and a new resident to Tyler, Texas. She loves spending time with her husband, traveling, and teaching REFIT®.



Christin Nichols – Surgical Coordinator/Medical Assistant

Christin joined our team in February of 2019. She is one of the first assistants you will see when you come into our office. Christin helps by checking patients in and out and assisting Dr. Kent with whatever he needs. Christin is also our new Surgical Coordinator. She graduated from Frankston High School in 2007. She joined the United States Air Force in 2012 and served for five years as a medic. While in the Air Force, she was stationed in Alaska and Florida and worked in many different clinics within the hospital. In her free time, she loves chasing her 18-month old son Stoney and spending time with her family. 



Cecily Petree - Medical Assistant 

Cecily joined our team in August of 2019. She is one of the first assistants you will see when you come into our office. Cecily helps with scheduling, checking patients in and out, and assisting Dr. Kent with whatever he needs. In her free time, Cecily is an axe-throwing coach at Pump Jaxe and loves to spend time with her family.